Thorns are part of life's lessons. We simply can't have roses without them. Perhaps God put them there to remind us of simple truths. In the parable we are looking at Christ talks about the thorns in our lives.
The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
Mark 4:14-19 (ESV)
The cares of the world... Those 5 little words are powerful. Right now in our history we have a TON of cares don't we? No matter what you believe politically we can all pretty much agree that our country is changing course in a huge way. The country that our forefathers envisioned is fading way quickly. The economy is in the tank. So many people out of work etc. etc. etc. These are real cares of the world that each of us face every single day.
Jesus said that the cares of THIS world choke out the word and make us unfruitful. Just think about that for today and ask yourself this question. Am I allowing the cares of this world crowd out the WORD?
Spend some time in meditation and prayer. See you next time.
In Christ Alone,
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".